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Young golfers vie for Asian trophy

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Young golfers vie for Asian trophy

QĐND – Sunday, August 15, 2010, 20:41 (GMT+7)

Five young Vietnamese golfers will represent the country at the fifth Faldo Series Asia Grand Final to be held in China’s Quangzhou Province next March.

Golfers are Do Le Gia Dat, Nguyen Tri Dung, Ngo Bao Nghi, Luu Thi Viet Nga and Truong Chi Quan.

Nghi and Nga became eligible for the Faldo Course of Mission Hills Golf Club after they finished first and second in the girls’ U21 event of the national golf championship, which concluded on Monday at Ocean Dunes in Phan Thiet city in the central province of Binh Thuan.

Nghi from Vung Tau Province scored 154 strokes to win the event for the third time in a row while Nga from the Emirates Golf Club was second with 159 strokes.

With a stable performance in both two rounds, HCM City-based Dat scored 155 strokes to earn his maiden victory and forced Hanoian Dung with 158 strokes to settle for the silver medal although he had an outstanding second round.

Truong Chi Quan from HCM City won the last spot for the Mission Hills Course by scoring 164 strokes to win the boys’ U16 event at the championships.

The Faldo Series was created by Nick Faldo in 1996 to help identify and nurture the next generation of champions.

The leading players qualify for either the Faldo Series Grand Final in Europe or the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final in China. Both are R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking events.

A number of Faldo Series’ winners have gone on to become successful professional Tour golfers, including Nick Dougherty, Marc Warren, Rory McIlroy, Oliver Fisher, Yani Tseng, Kiran Matharu and Melissa Reid.

Source: VNN

Source: QDND

Vietnam listed among world’s top 20 internet users

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Vietnam listed among world’s top 20 internet users

QĐND – Sunday, August 15, 2010, 20:41 (GMT+7)

Vietnam is among the top 20 internet-using countries in the world, according to the Royal Pingdom website monitoring service. 

With 24.3 million internet users (out of its population of 89.6 million), Vietnam stands at No. 20 on the list, right after Canada, which has 25.1 million users (out of a population of 33.5 million), according to a report published recently on the website 

According to Royal Pingdom, there are 1.8 billion internet users in the world and the top 20 countries account for nearly 82 percent of that figure. China takes the top spot with almost twice as many Internet users as the United States, which ranks second on the list. A total of 420 million out of over 1.3 billion Chinese are using the internet compared to 234.4 million out of 307.2 million Americans. 

Among the top 20 countries, seven are Asian (accounting for 35 percent of the world’s total internet users); six are European (30 percent) if you also count Russia; and four are English-language countries including India. 

In five to ten years, the order in the top 20 list will be quite different as the internet penetrates further into countries like India, Brazil and the Philippines.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Vocational training for rural workers

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Vocational training for rural workers

QĐND – Sunday, August 15, 2010, 20:41 (GMT+7)

Government Project 1956 on vocational training for rural workers through 2020 is the biggest ever project targeting rural workers.

Over the past years, the Party and State have developed policies aimed at boosting agriculture and rural development by providing more job opportunities for rural workers. However, there is still a big difference in living standards between urban and rural areas. For this reason, the Government has issued Decision No 1956 approving a project (known as Project 1956) on vocational training for rural workers.

The project focuses on training cadres at communal level and rural workers in both the agriculture and non-agriculture sectors, and raising the quality and efficiency of vocational training to generate jobs and increase income for rural workers. This has contributed to labour and economic restructuring which helps boost the industrialisation and modernisation of agriculture.

The project aims to provide vocational training for around 1 million rural workers and 100,000 communal cadres each year. It is expected that nearly 10 million rural workers and 1 million communal cadres will be trained when the project ends in 2020.

The State has allocated approximately VND26,000 billion from its budget to carry out the project.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) have agreed to make a list of 180 agricultural sectors for which training will be provided at primary levels for rural workers and create vocational training materials for 2010 for 25 popular occupations in three regions across the country.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan, Head of the National Steering Board for Vocational Training, said the project has set a target to train 1 million rural workers per year over the next ten years. Consequently, it is essential to make drastic changes in labour training and restructuring in rural areas to provide human resources for the process of national industrialisation and modernisation.

According to the MoLISA, by the end of June this year, 44 centrally-run provinces and cities have adopted survey projects and five other provinces and cities finalised their surveys on their vocational training needs.

Nguyen Thi Hang, Director of the Thai Nguyen provincial Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, said her province plans to allocate investment capital to vocational training centres.

The provincial Party Committee has asked Party organisations at all levels to guide vocational training for rural workers. Thai Nguyen has held a conference to implement Project 1956 and basically finalised a survey on its vocational training needs. The province has selected three key districts to carry out the project and the department has estimated the expenses for the project to submit to the provincial Department of Finance. In addition, Thai Nguyen has planned to provide money for vocational training centres to help them purchase material and facilities under the project, said Hang.

Mai Xuan Tri, Deputy Director of the Khanh Hoa provincial Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs pointed out three major difficulties in implementing the project. First, workers in remote and mountainous areas are finding it difficult to choose an occupation to learn. Second, workers in coastal areas also face difficulties arranging time for vocational learning. Third, many rural workers are still hesitant and wondering whether they will be able to find a suitable job after training.

Vu Dinh Khang, Director of Hai Phong City’s Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs said Hai Phong has completed the survey in the two key districts of Vinh Bao and Hai Duong. Vinh Bao is an agricultural district so its economy is restructured slowly while An Duong has experienced rapid urbanisation and has some major industrial parks.

” We will try our best to carry out Project 1956 effectively in these two districts as a pilot model. The model will be replicated in other districts in the near future.”, Khang said.

Nguyen Thi Nham, Chairwoman of the Phuoc Buu Township Farmers’ Association in Xuyen Moc district, Ba Ria-Vung Tau province said that currently, most of the rural workers in Phuoc Buu Township are unskilled. Workers aged over 40 are particularly keen on vocational training despite their low educational level. Phuoc Buu has around 600 agricultural workers needing vocational training but many do not want to learn and do new jobs far from home. The preferential credit loan programme for rural workers in Project 1956 will satisfy only those who have just finished vocational training and want to do agricultural jobs.

Pham Thi Hang, Head of the Section of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs in Kim Dong district, Hung Yen province, underlined the importance of helping workers change their conception of finding jobs after vocational training through disseminating of information. Vocational training centres should introduce jobs with stable incomes. If attention is paid to propaganda activities, vocational training and learning under the project will be implemented more efficiently, Hang noted.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Senior Officials’ Committee Meeting on ASCC closes

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Senior Officials’ Committee Meeting on ASCC closes

QĐND – Sunday, August 15, 2010, 20:41 (GMT+7)

The Meeting of the Senior Officials’ Committee for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Council (ASCC) wrapped up in Danang city on August 15. The result of the meeting will lay an important foundation for the fourth meeting of ASCC also scheduled to take place in Danang city on August 16.

During the two-day meeting, ASEAN officials reviewed the implementation of the ASCC Blueprint and compared notes on the ASCC’s priorities in 2010.

They also proposed a number of solutions for some key issues this year with a focus on developing human resources, ensuring social welfare for women and children, promoting cooperation to cope with global challenges and raising awareness of an ASEAN cultural identity.

Le Kim Dung, Deputy Head of the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs praised ASEAN officials’ efforts to secure a draft declaration of ASEAN Leaders on human resource development and skills for economic recovery and growth as well as a draft declaration on social welfare for women and children. The two drafts will be submitted for approval to the ASCC and the upcoming ASEAN Leaders Summit in Hanoi this October.

Mrs Dung said Vietnam needs to boost human resource development by developing a skilled workforce, promoting technical cooperation with other countries and issuing declarations on human resources and skills for economic recovery and growth.

Vietnam is currently creating a draft declaration on developing social welfare for women and children in ASEAN nations, she added.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Ministry holds patriotic emulation congress

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Ministry holds patriotic emulation congress

QĐND – Sunday, August 15, 2010, 20:45 (GMT+7)

A congress on patriotic emulation in the 2006-2010 period was held in Hanoi on August 15 by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan.  

Present at the event were also Minister of Information and Communication Le Doan Hop and more than 200 delegates representing outstanding individuals and collectives.

Over the past five years, the Ministry has launched many patriotic emulation movements to renew management skills, and encourage creativity, technical innovations and the application of advanced technology into production, which has helped the information and communication sector fulfill its political and socio-economic tasks.

So far, the postal system has more than 18,700 sites across the country of which more than 8,000 are at communal level to help disseminate Party and State policies in different regions.

Remarkable progress has been made in disseminating information about national security and defense, disaster control and prevention, and the celebration of national holidays. Through the emulation movements, many outstanding individuals and collectives have earned the title of Labour Hero in the Renewal Process, the Labour Order, and Certificates of Merit from the Prime Minister.

Deputy PM Nhan took this occasion to praise the sector’s contributions to boosting the country’s socio-economic development and called on it to promote more emulation movements in the 2011-2015 period.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Resolution to establish Tuyen Quang city announced

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Resolution to establish Tuyen Quang city announced

QĐND – Sunday, August 15, 2010, 20:45 (GMT+7)

The establishment of Tuyen Quang city was announced in Tuyen Quang province on August 15. The city has an area of nearly 120 km2 and will include 13 administrative units.

A ceremony to announce the resolution to establish Tuyen Quang city was attended by member of the Party Central Committee (PCC) and Head of the PCC’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation, Ha Thi Khiet, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai, leaders from various ministries and sectors, revolutionary veterans and heroic mothers.

The event celebrated the 65th anniversary of the August Revolution and National Day (September 2).

Over the past 65 years, Tuyen Quang has spared no effort to develop its township into a political, economic, socio-cultural centre in the province. Tuyen Quang city is based on Tuyen Quang township with a population of 110,000 (a density of 8,000 people/km2) and the number of non-agricultural workers is 84 percent.

The province’s annual average economic growth rate is more than 15 percent and its revenue contribution to the State budget is an average year-on-year increase of more than 20 percent.

Along with economic development, the standard of living for local people has improved significantly while remarkable progress has also been made in education, training and healthcare.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Tornado leaves 70 homes toppled and roofless in Ca Mau

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2010 at 11:24 am

Tornado with strong winds, heavy rains and high ocean tides caused much of damage for people in the southern end province of Ca Mau August 14.

Army forces help residents repair and rebuild houses after a tornado lashes Ngoc Hien and Tran Van Thoi districts, Ca Mau Province August 14 (Photo: SGGP)

According to the province Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the tornado destroyed 23 homes and blew 46 others’ roofs away while another was trucked by lightning in two coastal districts of Ngoc Hien and Tran Van Thoi.

Meanwhile, giant waves sank Nguyen Van Xe’s fishing boat together with seven fishermen into the sea, destinies of these unlucky men have yet known. Elsewhere the border army forces saved 13 other fishermen who fell into the sea during the fierce tornado.

High ocean tides severely engulfed and sent parts of 1,500 meters of the sea dyke tumble in the westward Ca Mau Province.

The same day afternoon, a two-hour downpour inundated streets under 0.2-0.5 meters of floodwaters, causing the worst traffic jam in many years for Cach Mang Thang Tam Street in Can Tho City.

Thousands of motorcycles lined up along one kilometer of the street. The downgraded drainage system together with narrow alleys along the street’s sides has been blamed for worsening the flooding.

In the Central Highlands, a tornado raged through Xuan Tho Commune in Da Lat City August 13, leaving about one billion dong in loss.

The one hour tornado, which swept through the commune’s Xuan Thanh Village, uprooted over 500 pines and crushed a truck.

It also crumpled 700 square meters of glasshouses and ravaged much of farming area. Local residents reported that was the worst ever tornado in the area.

Source: SGGP

Dang Thi Ngoc Han crowned Miss Vietnam 2010

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2010 at 11:23 am

Dang Thi Ngoc Han beat 36 candidates nationwide to win the crown at the Tuan Chau resort in Ha Long on August 14. The runners up were Vu Thi Hoang My and Dang Thuy Trang.

Miss Vietnam 2010 Dang Thi Ngoc Han (center) and her runners up Vu Thi Hoang My (R) and Dang Thuy Trang (L). (Photo:SGGP)

The winner Han, 21, 173 centimetres, 55 kilogram and measurement 83 – 64 – 93 from Hanoi is currently a student at the Hanoi University of Industrial Fine Art will represent Vietnam at Miss World 2010 later this year in China.

She has ever won several prizes at beauty contests in the country.

Nguyen Pham Bich Tram, the contestant from the Southern Province of Dong Nai, won the Miss Talent Fast-Track within the finals of Miss Vietnam 2010 in Tuan Chau, Quang Ninh on August 9. However, this victory could not guarantee Bich Tram one of the 10 Finalists of Miss Vietnam 2010. She will receive a prize worth VND50 million (US$2,500) for Miss Talent.

Nguyen Thi Loan, the 20 year old beauty from Thai Binh province, won the Miss Bikini Fast-track of the final rounds of Miss Vietnam 2010 held in Quang Ninh province. Loan stands 1.74 m and has the measurements of 89-64-91. She was a volleyball athlete and currently is a student of Commercial University.

Huynh Bich Phuong, a student from Ho Chi Minh City’s Raffles University, won Miss Beautiful Face and Most Voted awards.

Nguyen Bao Ngoc from University of Foreign Trade won Miss Friendly.

On the same day, Nguyen Thanh Huyen from Russia won Miss Telent within the finals of the Miss Vietnam Global in Vinpearl Land, Nha Trang City.

Pham Thuy Vy Vicrotia and Nguyen Thanh Huyen entered their name on the list of 15 top beauties in the final night of the Miss Vietnam Global 2010 pageant in Vinpearl Land on August 21.

Source: SGGP

Ministry to forbid red-eared turtle import and nourishment

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2010 at 11:23 am

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam August 14 said the ministry’s opinion is to forbid strictly red-eared turtle nourishment and releasing it into rivers, aiming to protect environment.

Red-eared turtle could seriously affect the nation’s ecological balance if left uncontrolled.

According to Professor Nguyen Dinh Hoe from the Association for Natural and Environment Protection, Government needs to quickly implement measures to wipe out red-eared turtles as soon as possible.

He said the turtle is one of the world’s 100 worst invasive species.

The turtles damage the agriculture because they eat animals and plants under the water, he added.

The environmental devastation by the turtle is higher than the devastation by yellow snails because the turtle is bigger, healthier and live longer than the yellow snails, Hoe said.

To curb the development of the turtle, people need to catch and stop releasing the turtle into rivers.

The harmful turtle warning made after the Can Tho Seafood Import Joint Stock Company imported 24,000 red-eared turtles from US was too late.

The turtles came into Vietnam in past years by several ways including through tourism.

Hoe also said the import and breeding process had been monitored carefully by the Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Aquaculture Protection.

The ministry asked the Can Tho Seafood Import Joint Stock Company to re-export the batch of the turtle as soon as possible.

The ministry also required provincial authorities to check the numbers of turtles and keep a close eye on the situation as well as to strengthen inspections at the breeding ponds to ensure none escaped.

The danger from strange animals
The invasion of strange animals in Vietnam is still modest but they are latent factors that can damage agriculture.
The yellow snail, imported into Vietnam around ten years ago, develops very strongly and its major food is rice leaves. It has damaged rice in many provinces in the Mekong Delta and is spreading to the central region and the north of Vietnam. Yellow snails make rice output fall and Vietnam has to spend hundreds of million dong in order to battle this kind of snail every year without satisfactory results.
In 1996, a private company imported one kind of insect as food for ornamental birds, named Tenebrio monitor, which can harm many kinds of crops. However, the import was timely prevented.
From 1996-1998, pirana tiger fish (Serralmus nattereri) appeared on the market for ornamental fish. This species of fish originates from the Amazon River. It is carnivorous and very cruel. If this species enters the natural environment, it can kill other aquatic animals and also be very dangerous to humans The Ministry of Fisheries has banned the import of this kind of fish.
In the Mekong Delta, the momosa, one variety of trees originates from Central America, one of 100 species of creatures that can invade the environment on a large scale, has attacked Dong Thap Muoi region and U Minh cajuput forest.

Related article:
Environmentally harmful turtles seen in Vietnam


Source: SGGP

China observes day of mourning for mudslide victims

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2010 at 11:23 am

Flags were flying at half mast and public entertainment cancelled Sunday as China marked a national day of mourning for the more than 1,200 people killed by massive mudslides in the northwest.

Thousands of residents and rescuers in Zhouqu, the remote mountain region in Gansu province flattened by last weekend’s landslides, stopped search efforts to take part in a ceremony to remember the victims, state television said.

Sirens wailed as mourners, wearing white paper flowers and some still clutching their shovels, observed a three-minute silence at 10:00 am.

A man walks past the decomposing body of a mudslide victim in Zhouqu.

Rescuers and medics later resumed their duties, clearing debris from the Bailong River, searching for bodies buried under metres of sludge and spraying disinfectant to prevent a disease outbreak, the Xinhua news agency said.

Flags across the country and at overseas embassies were to be flown at half-mast while public entertainment such as movies, karaoke, online games and television was suspended, state media reports said.

State television broadcast images of about 10,000 people gathered at Tiananmen Square in Beijing early Sunday to watch a special flag-raising ceremony while other ceremonies were held across the country.

Shortly after midnight, the home pages of Chinese websites turned black and white while newspapers were stripped of colour in a show of mourning, Xinhua said.

According to Chinese tradition, the seventh day after a death marks the height of the mourning period, it said.

Authorities said 505 people in Zhouqu were still missing after the avalanche of mud and rocks, which levelled an area five kilometres (three miles) long and 300 metres wide.

The official death toll stood at 1,239 as of Saturday.

Authorities are struggling to keep up with demand for coffins in the devastated region, whose population is one-third Tibetan, the China Daily said.

Authorities warned heavy rains would continue into Sunday and said further flash floods, landslides and floating debris continued to pose dangers in Gansu province and neighbouring Sichuan, Xinhua said.

In Sichuan, at least 38 people were missing after landslides Saturday destroyed hospital buildings in Wenchuan county, the epicentre of an earthquake in May 2008 that left nearly 87,000 dead or missing, Xinhua said previously. About 10,000 people were evacuated as the government turned schools and municipal office buildings into temporary shelters, it said.

Elsewhere in Gansu, new floods and landslides have killed 33 people and left 63 missing in the city of Longnan close to Zhouqu, Xinhua said.

More than 90,000 residents in Longnan have been evacuated after more than 150 millimetres (six inches) of rain fell overnight on Wednesday.

The mudslides in Gansu are the latest in a string of weather-related disasters across China which is battling its worst floods in a decade.

More than 2,100 people have been left dead or missing and 12 million evacuated nationwide, not including the toll from the Zhouqu incident.

The civil affairs ministry said Friday it had not calculated a new nationwide flood death toll.

Source: SGGP